Your Home and Garden - - Santa's Planning Workshop -

If you’re feel­ing worn out and slightly hol­low af­ter all the Christ­mas con­sumerism, take it down a notch and do­nate di­rectly to those who need it: either money, gifts or time.

Here are a few ideas on how you can be a Christ­mas an­gel for some­one this sea­son:

+ Buy ex­tra dur­ing your fam­ily shop for the food bank (Count­down has bins) or Women’s Refuge

– nice sham­poo and con­di­tioner, mois­turiser or face cream may be the only gift these ladies re­ceive this year.

+ Do­nate your time to a cause – see if any lo­cal char­i­ties need help sort­ing prod­ucts, wash­ing clothes, mak­ing food, de­liv­er­ing parcels or car­ry­ing out other prac­ti­cal tasks.

+ Go to a rest home and visit the el­derly – you can sing, hand out cook­ies or just sit down, have a cuppa and make con­ver­sa­tion with those who would love a set of ears and some warm com­pan­ion­ship.

+ The Kmart Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal col­lects gifts for those in need. You sim­ply leave your present (wrapped and brand new) un­der the tree with a tag to in­di­cate which age group and gen­der would most ap­pre­ci­ate your gift.

+ Al­ready do­nated a goat? Now you can also do­nate honey bees, a vege gar­den or school sup­plies to those less for­tu­nate through Ox­fam Un­wrapped or var­i­ous other char­i­ties work­ing over­seas. (Goats are still avail­able, FYI.)

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